Solidot | Children who lost their skin due to genetic disease successfully underwent transplantation of laboratory-bred skin


According to a paper published in this week’s journal Nature A child who loses skin due to hereditary disease successfully underwent a transplant of the laboratory to nourish the skin. The child, a Syrian refugee who arrived in Germany with his family in 2015, suffers from a genetic disease called epidermal lysis blister (epidermolysis bullosa), a disease that is caused by mutations in the gene encoding laminin. His symptoms worsened after his arrival in Germany, which caused him to lose 80% of the epidermis and had a very low survival rate. As the situation worsened, his parents agreed to Modena University’s Michele De Luca with experimental transgenic cell therapies. The researchers used his cells to grow in the lab, and underwent three transplants at the end of 2015 and 2016. Now, the little refugee has been able to go to school and even play football.